Starting off the New Year, I presented in January to the Bell woodturners group on how I make my Native American style flutes.
The flute I make is in the woodland style; it takes several days to make. So rather than show just the turning part of flute making, I went through all of the steps involved and had flutes that I was currently making to show the various stages.
To start I had some volunteers help by playing rhythm instruments. With a good rhythm going from the instrumentalists, I then played a flute so they could see how improvising on a Native American style flute works with other rhythm instruments.
The group was great for improvising on short notice and without having rehearsed. With a smooth rhythm going (and a bit of laughter) we sounded pretty good!
It was a great audience that asked good questions. We moved through the stages of the flute from routing two halves, glue-up, working on the nest to final flute.
Questions about how density of wood affects sound to measurements for the flue all kept me on my toes. It was a challenge and an honor to present my flute making to my woodturning group.
Special thanks to my photographer for this event.